Three MBC women's eights competed at the Women's Eights Head of The River Race (WEHoRR) on Saturday March 4th 2023.
Sam Tuck posted on MBC Club Instagram: 'It was great to have three women’s eights compete at WEHoRR on Saturday, a real step in the right direction and a bit of a statement of intent for what the next few years is going to bring for the MBC Women. As we didn’t have a boat in last year, all of our crews started outside of the top 50, but I am happy to report that all progressed really well.
1st 8 - started 52 - Finished 11th
2nd 8 - Started 131- Finished 25th
3rd 8 - Started 150- Finished 66th
📸Sam Tuck ~ 1st 8
📸Sam Tuck ~ 2nd 8
📸Sam Tuck ~ 3rd 8
The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race began in 1927. A. Southey wrote for www.wehorr.org/history:'The first women’s eights race over the Mortlake – Putney course was in 1927 (presumably inspired by the first men’s HORR in 1926) between Ace and Weybridge LARC which included the legendary Amy Gentry.' Southey explains how racing stopped during the war and resumed again in the 1950's, picking up momentum in the seventies 'when there were a number of major boosts to women’s rowing: the National Rowing Championships starting in 1972; the implementation of a Women’s National Squad; the introduction of women’s rowing into the 1976 Olympics; some of the major regatta’s now starting to offer women’s events; and men’s clubs opening their doors to women.' Read the WEHoRR full race history article here.
The MBC crews now turn their attention to the Heineken Regatta in a fortnight where we have two eights competing.